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Gun show attracts more people than usual

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by qlajlu, Apr 30, 2007.

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  1. qlajlu

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    http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_5782860

     
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    We were pretty swamped both days. Sold quite a few guns, and talked with lots of people.

    I actually thought the January show had higher attendance, just from the general feel of the room. That was our record for sales, though this one was a close second.

    We brought in a Prisim simulator, and put up a tent. Ran it all weekend. That was a big hit. We usually had a pretty decent crowd gathered around it at anytime.
     
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    So, when I started reading the article I thought "Great, 30% more people to be thrilled with the selection of breads, beanie babies, and glass baubles." The I thought perhaps I was being too hard on CotW. Then i saw this:
    That leads me to believe there is still in inordinate amout of crap there? Is this true? I thought about hitting this one, but the constructin in Sandy has basically stopped me from going to any of the businesses in the area for the last several months.
     
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    It is much easier for a guy to buy a toy if Momma can find something to be interested in too!
     
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    il be honest. the last gun show i went to only had one table of beef jerkey adn the like. there was a good number of tables of Militaria, but thats acceptable and relevant to the main group there.

    good note. another gun show coming up in june
     
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    Well, I'm trying to put the Show, back in Gun Show. :p

    The more the other tables are populated by angry, old men, with the racks of rusted hunting guns, scowling at anybody who dares look at their stuff, the better for me.

    We set ours up more like a tradeshow booth, with some entertainment, videos of locals playing with machine guns, a laser simulator, plenty of knowledgable staff, willing to teach, and occassionally we sell some stuff.

    And since my staff consisted of 90% THR members, you know they're pretty cool. PvtPyle, Nightcrawler, Atomic Ferret, Ben Shepherd, and Curly of THR we're all manning my booth.

    I actually really like working the gunshow.
     
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    Actually I like the 'non gun stuff' also. Gives me a chance to bring something home for the kids, and the boss.
     
  8. qlajlu

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    Last time I was at the South Towne Expo Center for a gun show was before the turn of the century (I never thought I would be old enough to say something like that but it is true. I believe it was 1998). I bought a nice Remington model 700 in .30-06 from a gun dealer who had come down from Logan. That gun has put a Mule deer in the freezer every year since then. I used it the first couple of years and then became partially disabled, but my son-in-law who is a corrections officer has had uncanny success with it.

    As I remember, that year the gun show was rather blah just like Correia described. There was not any thing else there other than knives and a little camping gear displayed. I am happy to hear that it is turning into a good venue for dealers to show their wares, kinda like the Outdoor Show they have each spring downtown.

    Maybe I will try to attend one this year. It is just rather difficult for me to get around anymore.
     
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    qlajlu, I can't speak for the other dealers. But we do try.
     
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    crownroyal, it is always nice to have someone you can rely on to give you good deals and supply the best of products. Your loyalty is admirable and I hope that does not change for you.

    The great thing about a well run gun show is that it puts thousands of firearms in close proximity to each other and gives a potential buyer a chance to scan the availability of particular firearms. Since there are so many dealers all under one roof it is much easier to do comparison shopping. You might be fixed on one particular firearm and within a very short time, at a gun show, you have the opportunity to see what offers other dealers have on that very same make, model, caliber, and extras. That is the draw...at least for me.
    Correia, you better be careful or you will find FBMG the one setting the bar which means you will have to outdo yourself every year. :D

    What I found comical was the number of gunnies that came away from that gun show I attended with that unmistakable thousand-yard-stare-in-a-ten-foot-room look on their faces. :what:
     
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    Nevvvvvvver mind. Brain fart.
     
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    crownroyal, maybe I misread what you said exactly. Are you the proprietor of The Holster Store? If you are, I have tons of respect for you because a good holster is worth its weight in gold. I would like to convince you, if you are indeed the maker of holsters, to set up at a well run gun show in Florida. Your wares are every bit as important as are the firearms, knives, etc. to a gunny.
     
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    Both firearms sales and enrollment in CCW classes are up in the gun shop I work in.
     
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    That place was packed. I went on Saturday and there seemed to be a pretty good turnout. It was even harder to find someplace to park than usual.
     
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